Shoulder Anatomy

Anatomy of the Shoulder

The shoulder is the part of the human body in which the upper arm attaches to the axial skeleton of the torso. The bones that form the pectoral (shoulder) girdle on each side of the body are the scapula (also known as the shoulder blade) and clavicle (collar bone) whereas the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint is formed by the intersection of…

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Allergy Season Survival Tips

While many look forward to Spring and its abundance of flowers, for allergy sufferers it’s more likely to be a season of stuffy noses, sneezing and watery, itchy, irritated eyes. For some, these symptoms may escalate to include sore throats and headaches. If you experience several of these symptoms and they persist for more than a couple of weeks, you…

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Chiropractic for Acute Back Pain

Acute or sudden onset back pain can be due to a number of causes. It’s easier than one thinks to sprain or strain the tendons, muscles and ligaments that support the spine, especially if we are out of shape. While sports injuries are common, sudden onset back pain may also be a result of just bending over to pick something…

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Elbow Bursitis Causes and Treatment Options

While we are usually unaware of the bursae in our bodies, when one of them becomes inflamed, the pain is hard to ignore. A bursa is a pouch filled with a small amount of lubricating fluid that provides cushioning between a bone and a tendon, ligament, muscle or skin, which allows them to slide smoothly over the bone as it…

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Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Falling is never good at any age, but is a particularly hazardous event for the elderly, who are not able to reduce the impact of a fall as well as younger people can. Most falls occur in women, and the risk increases with age. Fully two thirds of those who experience a fall will do so again within the following…

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Hyperlordosis Causes and Treatment Options

Our spine is normally curved. This helps to reduce shock and distribute weight evenly along the length of the back. However, in hyperlordosis (sometimes simply called lordosis and commonly known as “swayback”) the natural lordotic curves in the spine become overly pronounced, causing pain and sometimes spasms in the lumbar muscles. Though hyperlordosis most often occurs in the lumbar region…

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Indoor Air Quality: NASA’s Plant Shopping List

Indoor air quality is becoming an increasingly important issue these days, with the increase in pollutants not only from the outside environment, but also from common items inside your home, such as carpets, furniture made with particle board, household cleaning products, paint and even air fresheners. So what can you do to help ensure that the air you and your…

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Shocking Back Pain Statistics

If you are currently suffering from back pain or have experienced it before, you’re far from alone. The statistics are shocking. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1994, at any point in time over 31 million people in America are experiencing lower back pain. Up to 85% of people worldwide will experience back…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes and Treatment Options

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) affects about one in a thousand people (mostly women) each year, and is caused by the median nerve being compressed as it runs through the carpal tunnel, a narrow space through which nine tendons and one nerve all cross the wrist to reach the hand. The tendons that control finger movement all run through the carpal…

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Tai Chi in the Park

Tai Chi for Posture and Back Pain

If you suffer from back or neck pain, you have probably found your ability to exercise somewhat compromised. Aerobics, running and other high-impact forms of exercise may actually increase the pain, because they put even more pressure on the misalignments of your spine, neck, joints and extremities that are causing the pain. There is, however, an effective form of exercise…

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Cervical Kyphosis Causes and Treatment Options

Most people have heard the term “hunchback,” though they would not necessarily relate it to the term “cervical kyphosis,” which is what the condition is technically called. Also sometimes referred to as “Dowager’s hump,” as it can be common in the elderly, it is a condition where there is an excessive outward curvature of the spine in the area of…

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Structure of the Elbow

Anatomy of the Elbow

The human arm, from shoulder to wrist, consists of three long bones – the humerus, the ulna and the radius. The humerus alone makes up the skeletal portion of the upper arm whereas the structure of the lower arm is formed by both the ulna and radius together. The elbow is a hinge joint located where the humerus meets the…

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